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Great Outdoors/Bob Scearce & Steinbergs

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I sure miss watching the Great Outdoors on WAFB ch 9 in Baton Rouge with Bob Scearce 'The Ole Beachcomber'. He covered all types hunting and fishing. I learned so much from that show.

I also miss Steinbergs on St Philip st in downtown BR on the river. As a kid walking in that store with all the mounts, every type hunting supply you could ever imagine and people that really helped and cared, was amazing.

I sure wish both were still around today. Time passes too quick.
Safe hunting and fishing to all, remember to enjoy it and pass it along.
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Ole'Bob and Steinberg's.
The younger guys don't remember Bob's show, his newspaper column, or Steinberg's. Steinberg's was the Disneyworld of sporting goods! I can remember the mayor of Golden meadow(Autin) writing in to Scearce about his hunting trip to Ms. and complaining about being harrassed by the Ms. Game Agents. He didn't get any sympathy from him. He reminded about the harrassment(speed trap) his cops gave fishermen on their way to GI/Leeville!! Miss Ole Bob!.
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Agree
Your right Pop, it was like Disneyworld. Just an amazing place.
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More info about Steinbergs
In 1949 a young columnist named Robert “Bob” Scearce temporarily lost his fulltime job at the Morning Advocate and started working part time at Steinberg’s. Bob Scearce was an impassioned outdoorsman in fishing and hunting and after seeing how prominently the surplus items connected to hunting and fishing, he convinced Joseph Lipsey into adding fishing gear and outdoors supplies which included rods and reels, hunting guns, and sporting goods items to the store. And that‘s how the sporting goods store began. Thus Bob Scearce played a major role in Steinberg’s entry into the sporting goods business.

The name Steinberg’s Hide and Fur Company remained and about 1953 Bob Scearce was hired by the fledgling WAFB TV as the first sports announcer. Subsequent to that Steinberg’s sponsored a television program The Great Outdoors hosted by Bob Scearce that aired every Friday on WAFB TV. With the introduction of Beachcomber Bob Scearce’s program, Joseph Lipsey, Sr. changed the name of the outdoor section of the store to Steinberg’s Sports Center. From that point on, the sports center operated in one part of the building while the hide and fur department continued in another part.
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Trusty 'Keystone' Camera
I would like to see some of the old archive films of deer hunting at Old River and Mississippi.
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Steinberg's
Good Stuff Ashunter. I remember my dad taking me into the old store and seeing that huge bear. then there was the new store. Was that in Connell's village? I was very young, so pardon me if my memory is not correct.
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Steinberg's
At one time there was a Steinberg's in Delmont Village shopping center, Bon Marche Mall, Connell's Village, & Corporate Mall. Remember them all very well. Bought guns from 3 diff stores thru the years. And the displays on St Phillip St.....WOW
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Stores
I remember the 2 stores at Corporate and Connells. I believe that was toward the end :(
I know Connells had the Polar Bear by the door and how cramped that place was.

Nothing then or today can compare to the Big store on St Philip.
Bass Pro nor Cabelas can come close. The big store had so much character. The creaky floors, the smell, and something else that most folks don't talk about is the ole' timers. The advice, patience, care for the outdoors and getting young people involved, and of course their stories is something I terribly miss. There was always 3 or 4 in the store that would talk with my dad and always offer a sincere tip on area to hunt, bait to use for fishing, and seem to always share a related story to whatever we were looking for....

I know this will sound silly, but I was also impressed as a kid that most all of them always wore Khakis and a button shirt tucked in...
Don't know why that stuck with me.
They all smoked and always had a cup of coffee in their hand, and spoke highly of their wives cooking.

I guess the older I get I reflect more,
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Re: Great Outdoors/Bob Scearce & Steinbergs
In September 1992 after visited with Bob Scearce at his home, I mentioned I would be bringing my family out to the National Fish and Wildlife Day celebration at the Waddell Police Camp the next day, and hoped to see him there. He hesistated but said he'd try to make it, and sure enough, he did! My wife took a few pictures of the Ole Beachcomber posing with me and my kids.
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Re: Great Outdoors/Bob Scearce & Steinbergs
Another photo taken with the Ole Beachcomber in Sept 1992 at the National Fish and Wildlife Day
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